Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Philadelphia County BOE

Trump campaign sued to stop the vote counting in Philadelphia County, claiming its observers were not permitted to watch. At a court hearing, Trump's attorneys admitted GOP observers were, in fact, present at the vote count. The judge rejected the demand to stop the vote count. Trump's attorney, Jerome Marcus, waited until after the electoral college vote was finalized and there were no more hours left to be billed before trying to claim the moral high ground by seeking to withdraw as Trump's counsel. Trump voluntarily dropped his case with prejudice the following day.

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"[Trump lawyer, Jerome Marcus] respectfully requests leave of this Court to withdraw as counsel for Plaintiff [Trump] in this action . . . inasmuch as the client has used the lawyer's services to perpetrate a crime and the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant and with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement." - Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel for Plaintiff

Judge: "Are your observers in the counting room?" Jerome Marcus: "There's a non-zero number of people in the room." - Judge Paul S. Diamond

Judge: "I'm asking you, as a member of the Bar of this Court: are people representing the Donald J. Trump for President, representing the plaintiffs, in that room?" Jerome Marcus: "Yes." Diamond: "I'm sorry, then what's your problem?" - Judge Paul S. Diamond

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Court Filings

Name Filed On Type Status
Complaint 11/05/20 Motion Denied
Order 11/05/20 Order Filed
Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel for Plaintiff 01/07/21 Motion Filed
Order re: Motion for Withdrawal as Counsel 01/07/21 Order Filed
Notice of Dismissal 01/08/21 Notice Filed